If, as a pedestrian, you get hit by a car in a road traffic accident, you are likely to have suffered injury.
It’s also likely that the car driver was to blame for the accident.
There are occasions when the pedestrian may be found partially liable for the accident. An example would be a pedestrian walking into the road from behind a bus that has stopped to pick up and set down passengers. Even in this scenario, drivers are still responsible for travelling at a speed appropriate for the conditions and being alive to the danger of someone walking out.
Overall, the greater responsibility for avoiding a collision between a pedestrian and a motor car lies with the car driver.
What should you do if you are pedestrian and you get hit by a car?
- Make getting medical attention your number one priority.
- Even if you don’t feel seriously injured, you will likely suffer from shock. Get to a safe place away from the traffic.
- Call the Police and ambulance service on 999 or get someone else to call them for you. Be guided by the medical professionals. Don’t hang around the scene of the accident just because you feel you ought to. Other matters can wait.
- If any of your family or friends were with you at the time of the accident, ask them to get the car driver’s details – name, phone number and insurance details at least. It’s also good to ask if you can see the driver’s driving licence.
- Take a photo of the vehicle and its registration number.
- If there were witnesses to the accident, get their names and contact details. Independent witness is always helpful and may be crucial when making a pedestrian accident claim.
- When you feel ready to speak with a solicitor about pursuing a personal injury claim, call Mooneerams on 029 2048 3615 and speak with one of our road traffic accident claims specialists.
For more information, visit our pedestrian accident claims page.